Margaret Waldock was elected president of The 1772 Foundation at its annual meeting, held in October. Her term began on January 1, 2021. Margaret joined the board in 2014.
Margaret is an impactful environmentalist and conservation leader, with more than 20 years of mission-driven experience in the nonprofit, government, and philanthropic sectors. With a background in biology and a degree in environmental law from the Vermont Law School, she is the executive director of Duke Farms, the former estate of philanthropist Doris Duke, now a 2,700-acre nature preserve and model for environmental stewardship and sustainability in Hillsborough, New Jersey.
For nine years, Margaret oversaw environmental grantmaking at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation aimed at protecting and stewarding critical watersheds, improving environmental public policy, and supporting community-driven sustainability. While at the Dodge Foundation, she led the redesign of environmental grantmaking to address systemic inequity and prioritization of grants to support organizations and leaders advocating and advancing environmental justice in communities of color and low-income communities. She was the first executive director of the Hunterdon Land Trust, a community-based organization working to protect critical farmland and natural areas in central New Jersey. She also has held positions at the Trust for Public Land, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the American Farmland Trust.
Margaret succeeds B. Danforth (Dan) Ely, who served as president for seven years and continues on The 1772 Foundation’s board of trustees.